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Sat - 23 May 2020 - 04:08 AM ،،،

Agencies


 More than 660,000 people have been displaced from their homes in conflict zones around the world since March, despite a UN call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, a top international aid group said Friday.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said its figures showed that armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown.

The NRC accused the UN Security Council of failing to show leadership to encourage peace talks.

"While people are being displaced and killed, powerful members of the UN Security Council squabble like children in a sandbox," the NRC's Secretary-General Jan Egeland said.

He called on world leaders to "rise to the occasion" and jointly push parties to put down their weapons and unite in protecting all communities from COVID-19.

"Now is not the time for kindergarten politics," he added.

Meanwhile fighting has continued in Yemen despite pledges to implement a ceasefire called for by the international community and the Arab Coalition, resulting in the displacement of 24,000 people since March 23.